Amazon’s humongous Lord of the Rings series has found one of its lead actors in the form of Will Poulter. The Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Maze Runner star has been cast in an undisclosed role according to the all-knowing teams at Variety, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter. So I’m guessing it’s a done deal.
Nothing else is known about Poulter’s role but fans seem to have given him the nod of approval.
Here's an Elrond faceswap with Will Poulter on the left and Hugo Weaving on the right pic.twitter.com/kPCM36wfQK
— Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) September 4, 2019
In July, Aussie actor Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper) became the first star to cop the “in talks” treatment for a role in the series. At the time, Variety’s sources said she would be playing a character named Tyra, but not much else is known.
As you can tell details on ground are thin as hell but we’re slowly getting there. In July Amazon unveiled the show’s creative team with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay as the showrunners. The Star Trek 4 writers don’t actually have any previous experience as showrunners but, uh, they’ve got a really experienced team.
Gennifer Hutchinson (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Helen Shang (13 Reasons Why, Hannibal), Jason Cahill (Halt and Catch Fire, The Sopranos, ER) Justin Doble (Stranger Things, Fringe), Stephany Folson (Toy Story 4), and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones writer) are all on the writing team.
J.A. Bayona, whose directing credits include The Impossible, The Orphanage, A Monster Calls, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, will helm episodes 1 and 2.
Amazon has also brought in Ron Ames (The Aviator, The Departed, Star Trek Into Darkness, Avengers: Age of Ultron) as co-producer. Kate Hawley (Crimson Peak, Edge of Tomorrow, and Suicide Squad) is set to design costume and Academy Award winner Ricky Heinrichs will serve as the production designer. He has worked on Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
John Howe, of the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will return as the illustrator / concept artist. And Tom Shippey has signed on as the Tolkien Scholar.
A little while ago Shippey said “there are supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season” so make of that what you will.
For the full creative team, watch the below.
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Meet our Fellowship. pic.twitter.com/Npouu6ZlRt
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 27, 2019